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Old 06-10-2015, 12:13 AM   #1
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Acadia national park

Does any one know if the weather and mosquitoes are really bad at Acadia in late August. People have told us you can't even be outside due to the bugs.
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Old 06-10-2015, 12:46 PM   #2
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We were at Acadia last August. Only remember mosquitoes after dusk. We did some hiking on some of the carriage trails and I guess I do remember there were a few in the thick woods. Nothing bad at all though. We brought bug spray, but didn't use much.


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Old 06-10-2015, 06:35 PM   #3
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Depends on where you are. Generally speaking not any worse than anywhere in the Northeast but get into the woods with little breeze either on a campsite or hiking trail they can be a nuisance. Never really noticed them on carriage trails but some of the trails get damp and bred them
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:15 PM   #4
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We'll be camped at Acadia 21 June-5 July...hoping the bugs won't be too bad this time of the year...and hoping the lobsters are plentiful
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I thought mosquitos are the Maine state bird..
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I thought mosquitos are the Maine state bird..
The mosquitoes use Route 1 to land on; that's how big they are.

Late August along the coast will find the blackflies pretty much gone and a few mosquitoes at dusk and later evening.

Preferring more remote woods areas, it can be a battle sometimes, especially around Memorial Day weekend. For being outside and away from the campsite (hiking, etc) I use Ben's with the highest amount of DEET. Depending on your environmental/health views, you may or may not choose this. However, the more DEET in the juice, the more effective it is.

Around the campsite, under the awning or by the fire, I use a Thermocell and have good results with that.

Another concern the past few years has been an increase in ticks, especially deer ticks. They seem to be thriving better and better, despite how the winters go. In the early summer, they are smaller and harder to detect. More info can been found here Mainely Ticks | Tick Management through Education & Science and here: MMCRI - Lyme and Other Vector-borne Disease Information

If you've found yourself in tall grassy areas or similar, make sure to do a tick check at the end of day.

That area of the coast (only about an hour from me) is scenic, enjoyable. The farther east you go, the more Downeast it becomes. Enjoy the lobster and make plans to come back at the of September, first of October for the foliage.
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Old 06-19-2015, 12:11 PM   #7
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We're planning a trip from Wisconsin to Maine after Labor Day. Any suggestions about where to stay at Arcadia? Would like to have electricity and water but can manage without for a few days if the place is worth it. :-)
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Stayed at bar harbor Koa on waterfront beautiful in May no problems with anything that time of year with little wind


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We're planning a trip from Wisconsin to Maine after Labor Day. Any suggestions about where to stay at Arcadia? Would like to have electricity and water but can manage without for a few days if the place is worth it. :-)
If, your definition of camping in a national park is "worth it" then you can stay in the park with no hook ups. If thats not your cup of tea, you need to look elsewhere. Just sayin'. Firewood is free from the wood pile near the campground close to the amphitheater.
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We're planning a trip from Wisconsin to Maine after Labor Day. Any suggestions about where to stay at Arcadia? Would like to have electricity and water but can manage without for a few days if the place is worth it. :-)
You didnt mention size of your rig.Big rigs might have a problem in Blackwoods. My 28 fter would I think work in some of the sites and we had planned on dry camping there but stayed at Bar Harbor campground wwith full hookups. Really nice campground. It has a no reservation policy and I believe only takes cash and checks.Nice pull thrus, Some sites with view of Frenchmens bay.Was 1/2 the price of Bar Harbor KOA .BH KOA site we stayed at was right on the water with water electric,cable no sewer- sites were a little tight for $100+ but you are paying for the view.Looked at the Narrows, Narrows Too, and Smugglers Den- all had some decent sites we may try on another trip. Hope your staying at least a week lots to see do and of course plenty of places to eat
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